Let me inform you: This was an actual journey…
This week, Stephen King — the literal king of all issues spooky, unsettling, and downright terrifying — determined to tweet a easy recipe for salmon. Nothing scary about that! Besides, effectively, one factor specifically. (You will not have a tough time figuring out the “questionable” half, I promise.)
Yep, that is proper: Stephen King himself advisable ~microwaving fish~ to his 6.6 million Twitter followers. In a twist that’ll shock completely nobody, it did not take lengthy for the hate to roll in.
I will spare you the remainder of the responses, however let’s simply say they had been as vital as you’d anticipate them to be. BUT, plot twist, King truly doubled down on his “recipe” later this week, emphatically telling his critics to not “knock it in the event that they have not tried it.”
Contemplating the a) intense hate and b) double-down assertion from King…curious, I used to be! As somebody who cooks for a residing, I really feel like I’ve tried juuuust about each methodology on the market for cooking salmon. Actually, I’ve already talked about my favourite methodology on BuzzFeed…however the MICROWAVE?! It appeared simply chaotic sufficient to truly give it a strive. So, off I went to the grocery retailer this morning to seize some salmon and cook dinner it at 10 a.m. — since there’s nothing like microwaved fish to get your day began off on the fitting foot 🥰.
King’s components are undeniably simple but remarkably obscure, so I donned my recipe developer hat and made some educated guesses about actual measurements and portions. He specifies a bit of salmon that is “not too large,” so after worrying that my 1.3-pound salmon fillet was certainly too large, I reduce it into two even items. I in the end cooked a .65-pound salmon fillet, as a result of math.
By way of the remaining components, King solely requires some “olive oil and lemon juice.” You possibly can in all probability think about the abject rage individuals felt after they realized he did not embrace salt or pepper, so I landed on a easy resolution: As a substitute of constructing a stink over the omission of some seasoning, I simply added some rattling salt and pepper. Salt your meals regardless, people!
I sprinkled the salmon with a wholesome quantity of salt and pepper, then determined to prime it with two slices of lemon (as a substitute of simply squeezing it over). To complete, I gave it a very good drizzle of olive oil — about 2 teaspoons.
The next step specified by King left some people totally confused: wrapping the salmon in a humid paper towel. Now I do not declare to grasp the precise ins and outs of how microwaves work, however I would think about this step is there to 1) lock in some of the moisture, and a couple of) hold fish juices from splattering throughout your microwave.
When my piece of salmon was tucked in all good, I took a deep breath, swallowed my pleasure, and…slid it into the microwave. For 3 minutes precisely — as instructed. (Sure, I watched it the complete day out of sheer curiosity and in addition some palpable concern.)
After nervously perching myself in entrance of the microwave for 180 of the longest seconds I’ve ever skilled (and panicking over some mild popping that began round two minutes in), I opened my microwave to seek out…effectively, cooked and steamy salmon. No mess! Everybody survived! Together with my microwave!
This is the second I used to be ready for. I folded again that damp paper towel, absolutely ready to disclose a real *monstrosity* that might shake me to my core. In actuality, I used to be greeted with a bit of salmon that, TBH, seemed fairly good!
I checked the interior temperature earlier than diving in, as a result of security first, and was thrilled that it registered proper at 130ºF — precisely how I like my salmon. (I will add that whereas the USDA recommends cooking salmon to 145ºF, cooking farmed salmon to temps as little as 125ºF is usually accepted as OK.) Once I lastly plunged my fork in…oh my god. Once I say that is among the flakiest, juiciest, most tender salmon I’ve EVER tried, I imply that with each fiber of my being.
Texture apart: Relating to style, this isn’t going to be probably the most flavorful piece of salmon you have ever tasted, however I do not assume that issues. IT’S THREE-MINUTE SALMON, PEOPLE! The flavour profile was as simple because the components: a pleasant trace of citrus from the lemon, a contact of richness from the olive oil, and a refined chunk from the added pepper.
THE VERDICT: Contemplating the melt-in-your-mouth texture and the truth that this actually took 5 minutes from prep to “time to eat,” you’ll be able to hold your fancy salmon recipes. Any longer, I will be microwaving mine…once in a while not less than. I will not ditch roasted or seared salmon solely — every thing has its time and place — but when I have to put collectively a SUPER-quick meal with out touching the range (or each different piece of kitchen tools I personal), I will be turning to this unexpectedly life-changing recipe.
Anyway. Mr. King, large fan right here, and actually I am a fair greater fan now. When you ever need to collaborate on a scary cookbook or one thing, let’s chat. (I’ve learn It cowl to cowl and have ideas on some Maine-inspired recipes.)